Wayne Morgan

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Wayne Morgan
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1950-10-07) October 7, 1950 (age 66)
Brooklyn, New York
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973–1974 Ithaca (asst.)
1974–1975 Dutchess CC
1975–1979 Dartmouth (asst.)
1979–1984 Xavier (asst.)
1984–1996 Syracuse (asst.)
1996–2002 Long Beach State
2002–2003 Iowa State (asst.)
2003–2006 Iowa State
2009–2013 Hofstra (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 146–123
Accomplishments and honors
Big West West Division regular season championship (2000)

Wayne Morgan (born October 7, 1950) was the Iowa State University men's basketball coach from 2003 to 2006. He was Iowa State University’s first African American head basketball coach.


Morgan coached at Long Beach State for six seasons before accepting the head coaching position at Iowa State. In three years at Iowa State, Morgan had a combined record of 55-39, marking his record third to Larry Eustachy (72-26, two NCAA tournament appearances, one Elite eight appearance) and Tim Floyd (69-29, twice second round of NCAA tourney) in the history of Iowa State University basketball coaches finishing their third year. During this time his team went to the NIT semifinals and the second round of the NCAA tournament, where they were overpowered by the eventual national champions, North Carolina. Morgan's third year, struggling to rebuild the four and five positions, was less spectacular, finishing with a 16-14 record overall, and was marred by claims of lack of team control. He was fired in March 2006 and was replaced by Greg McDermott, a native Iowan, and head coach of the University of Northern Iowa.

His up-tempo style of basketball generated doubt across the state but produced a memorable first season that featured a team which was playing its best basketball late in the season. ISU recorded 20 wins in Morgan's rookie season, tying for the ninth-best win total in school history. The 20 wins produced by Morgan, which is the second-best win total for an ISU coach in his first season at the helm, was just one of several highlights in his inaugural season.

The Cyclones were virtually unbeatable at home, going 17-1 in Hilton Coliseum. The 17 home wins was the second-highest home win tally in school history and the 94.4 percent home winning percentage is the fifth-best clip in the ISU annals. Three of ISU's 17 home wins were against teams that advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen (Xavier, Kansas, Texas) and two were against instate rivals Iowa and Drake, helping ISU win its second consecutive mythical state championship. Morgan paced ISU to a NIT appearance, the school's 14th postseason bid in the last 21 years. The Cyclones caught fire in the NIT, defeating Georgia, Florida State and Marquette, earning a trip to New York City in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden.

One of Morgan's star players in his first season was Curtis Stinson, a fellow New Yorker who he recruited to ISU in his first season as an assistant with the Cyclones. Stinson was one of the best freshman in all of college basketball, earning Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors and first-team Freshman All-America accoladess by Basketball Times. Stinson and Jackson Vroman both earned third-team all-Big 12 honors in Morgan's first year. Vroman led the league in rebounding, becoming the first Cyclone to top the conference in boards since 1980. Morgan helped Vroman develop into one of the best centers in the nation in his final season with the Cyclones. His improvement enabled him get drafted in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft as the No. 31 pick.

Morgan was tabbed as Iowa State University's 17th men's basketball coach May 14, 2003. He spent his first season in Ames as an assistant at Iowa State, joining the ISU basketball staff in July 2002. As an assistant on the 2002-03 Cyclone staff, Morgan helped ISU to an NIT berth, as ISU finished 17-14, tying for the 13th-best win total in school history. A top-notch recruiter, he was instrumental in helping the Cyclones sign a nationally ranked recruiting class in 2003 and 2004.

Morgan was involved in 12 NCAA Tournaments, seven regular-season conference titles, four NIT appearances and tutored numerous players who have gone on to NBA careers. He spent six years as head coach at Long Beach State, where he compiled a 91-84 overall mark and a 55-39 record in the Big West Conference before he was fired. Morgan coached three teams that finished first or second in the Big West Western Division. His 1999-2000 squad was 24-6 overall and 15-1 in the Big West en route to winning the conference championship. The 1999-2000 team was one of the best in LBSU history, qualifying for the National Invitation Tournament. It compiled the third-longest winning streak in school history (15 games), tied for the third-most wins in 49er history.

From 2009-2013, Morgan was an assistant coach at Hofstra University.

He is the author of two DVDs: Wayne Morgan: Mastering the 2-3 zone defense; and Wayne Morgan: The Philosophy of changing defenses and the 2-3 zone. Both feature his mastery of the 2-3 zone, much of what he learned as an assistant to Coach Jim Boeheim of Syracuse between 1984 and 1996.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Long Beach State (Big West Conference) (1996–2002)
1996–1997 Long Beach State 13–14 9–7 2nd (West)
1997–1998 Long Beach State 10–19 5–11 5th (West)
1998–1999 Long Beach State 13–15 9–7 T–2nd (West)
1999–2000 Long Beach State 24–6 15–1 1st (West) NIT 1st Round
2000–2001 Long Beach State 18–13 10–6 3rd
2001–2002 Long Beach State 13–17 9–9 T–6th
Long Beach State: 91–84 57–41
Iowa State (Big 12 Conference) (2003–2006)
2003–2004 Iowa State 20–13 7–9 8th NIT Semifinals
2004–2005 Iowa State 19–12 9–7 T–5th NCAA 2nd round
2005–2006 Iowa State 16–14 6–10 T–7th
Iowa State: 55–39 22–26
Total: 146–123

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "espn.com". Without warning, Iowa State fires Morgan. Retrieved 12 November 2006. 

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